Thursday, April 18, 2013

Deactivate

I've always used social media in a fun way. I don't make things too serious and often record funny moments from my day that I hope people will get a chuckle out of.

But sometimes, I find myself annoyed by what I see. These days, the "share" button on Facebook has clogged my feed with annoying memes that are the equivalent to email forwards of the past. I'm not sure others have made that connection. What happened to just posting an update on what you had for lunch or how bad traffic was on your commute? I'd rather read that!

I also believe that Facebook (and other social media) had killed etiquette. I won't say much more but the ease of creating events and mass messages has led to the loss of tact and manners and well thought out planning.

And I can't forget to add in those people who are tragedy whores, who feel it is their duty to report all of the latest breaking news of a nationally covered story so they can feel like THEY reported it first. These people often turn heartbreak into THEIR heartbreak, forgetting that they aren't the only ones who feel sadness.

When social media gets me down, I slow down and think about how dumb it is that I feel a pit in my stomach about the things I read on these sites. And how I am making the choice to read them and be affected by words.

Sometimes, I just want to go to a simpler time where none of this exists. And thankfully, there are deactivate buttons for those moments.

2 comments:

Patty said...

Tragedy whores, love it. Totally feeling you at the moment...

SLO Rober said...

I agree. And thank you for the sweet compliments about our family traditions. I loved seeing the pictures from your Sausalito Ferry ride in honor of your grandma. Some parts of social media are sweet. Others, I will be sheltering my daughter from.